Roundup: Announcing the intention to keep a promise

Because it’s the height of summer with not a lot else to do, Stephen Harper paid a visit to a Ronald McDonald House out in Vancouver to announce that his government planned to follow through on a campaign promise to provide 35 weeks of EI benefits to parents dealing with seriously ill children. Well, so long as you intend to keep that promise… Perhaps the announcement should have come when the bill was tabled. Oh, wait – I’m sure we’ll get yet another photo op when that does happen sometime in the fall (unless it’s not until spring with next year’s budget…)

Harper also defended the environmental review process of the Northern Gateway pipeline and said that the decision will be made on scientific and economic as opposed to political criteria. Well, so long as we’re clear about that, we can stop worrying – right?

Trade Minister Ed Fast is in London during the Olympics to extol the virtues of trade with Canada.

Julian Fantino’s first major initiative as CIDA minister will be matching donations toward West Africa’s food crisis.

A judicial review has been ordered of our “dysfunctional” prison grievance system.

What’s that? Environment Canada tried to minimise media cover age during a recent climate change conference? You don’t say!

The government has turned down funding requests by the HIV/AIDS Legal Network because they fear they might be used for *gasp!* advocacy! Oh noes! Will the horrors never cease?

US Senators want a Canadian defence contractor smacked down for selling software to China, in violation of US law.

They’re rolling cameras on the Jack Layton biopic for CBC. Steve Murray fantasy casts the TV movie of Canadian politics (which is scary/awesome).

And Senator Elaine McCoy, the last remaining Progressive Conservative in federal politics, laments the hole that her party’s disappearance leaves in the political landscape.